A MAN who was short of money decided to boost his income by supplying ecstasy.
He thought he was selling the class “A” drug and admitted as much to police.
But when his tablets were analysed they were found not to be ecstasy but class “C” drugs – TFMPP and BZP – which were at one time sold as legal highs as an alternative to amphetamine but which had since been reclassified as a controlled drug.
Jonathon Ian Taylor Byles, 20, admitted that in October and November of last year he was concerned in the supply of the “C” drugs.
Byles, of Afon View, Connah’s Quay, was sentenced on Friday to eight months youth custody suspended for 18 months at Mold Crown Court.
He was ordered to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work and a three month curfew, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, was imposed and he was told to pay £560 costs.
Judge Niclas Parry told him: “Over the better part of three weeks you were a known source of drugs.
“You made a deliberate choice to do that because you were short of money.”
Byles supplied hundreds of tablets and targeted young people.
“You even went to a nightclub where young people gather,” said Judge Parry.
They were more likely to experiment when they were drinking and they were “easy targets” for a dealer.
It had to be deterred and only custody could be justified, he said.
Howerver, Judge parry said Byles had no previous convictions for drug supply. He was only 20 and was in work.
Nicholas Williams, prosecuting, said shortly after 11pm on November 16 last year a member of the public informed security staff at Liquid/Envy nightclub in Wrexham that he had seen two men in the toilets who appeared to be exchanging drugs.
One was Byles. He was searched and was found to have 24 tablets on him.
It turned out he believed he was selling ecstasy but they turned out to be a class “C” drug.
He had £60 in cash on him and when his mobile phone was analysed, incriminating text messages were found.
Interviewed, he denied selling the drugs and said they were for his own use, but pleaded guilty in court.
Oliver King, defending, said the motive was financial.
He was struggling to pay his bills and thought it was a way of propping up his income.
Byles accepted full responsibility. He did not try to blame anyone else and his remorse was genuine.
“The thought of custody terrifies him,” said Mr King.